May 2010

Crystal Apple Award at Park View

Attributions: 
Kristie Reynolds

Regan Lundell has been awarded the Crystal Apple Award at Park View Elementary. She is not only an exceptional teacher, but also a person of high moral character with an infectious personality.  She is esteemed as an expert teacher, faculty mentor, and a key contributor to her community.

Miss Lundell has done it all! She has both a reading and an ESL endorsement. Because of this expertise, many of our teachers consider her a resource for their pedagogical learning and growth. In the past three years, she has had an on-level reading rate of 97%. Students in this class learn to read and learn to love it.

Miss Lundell is also an outstanding mentor to student and novice teachers. Only the best teachers are chosen for university student placement. There has hardly been a year in her tenure where she has not trained a teacher. Her commendable classroom management is a great model for those entering education.

Because of her remarkable skills, she was chosen to participate in the district mentor program. She regularly checks on her protégés, offering help, ideas, support, and a laugh to help them through their day. One remarked that she always felt comfortable with her, as she was approachable and positive. Though an expert in her field, she makes beginning teachers feel as equals.

She is an integral part of the Payson community. She takes a personal and appropriate interest in her student’s lives, attending baptisms, recitals, or anything else where circumstances allow. She takes time to get to know families and individual student needs. She truly loves her students.

Congratulations Miss Lundell!

Park View Has “Got Learning”

At Park View, learning is not an option. Teachers have committed themselves to making sure all students learn at high levels. This motto is not only on their shirts, it is in their instruction and in their hearts.

“We want all students to learn at high levels,” says Principal Kristie Reynolds. “According to RTI (Response to Intervention) principles, children are non-learners either because of motivation or ability. We want to make accommodations to reach both types of learners.”

Teachers in grade level teams do everything they can to ensure learning takes place. They build common assessments to test mastery of concepts taught within curricular units. If students have not mastered the material, they are re-taught a different way in a smaller setting. “Last year, we had many more students not master critical math concepts,” says 2nd grade team member, Laura McAllister. “This year, by giving common assessments and doing daily re-teach, enrich, and extend groups, almost all of the students know every math concept required for second grade.”

Mrs. Reynolds has also implemented a new homework program called D.A.R.E. which stands for Doing Assignments Required Every day. Researchers from University of New Hampshire found that parental involvement has a strong, positive effect on student achievement. “Parental effort is consistently associated with higher levels of achievement, and the magnitude of the effect of parental effort is substantial. We found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results that are gained with parental involvement.”

Mrs. Reynolds kicked off the DARE program with a motivational assembly. If students turn in their homework 100% of the time, they earn the right to be in the DARE Club. They also earn a fun party as a reward. Those that miss a day of homework can go to the daily homework lab called DARE. Teachers and parent volunteers help students finish up their work, listen to them read, or re-teach concepts that are still difficult to understand. When asked to identify the reasoning behind DARE, Reynolds responded, “I will always be the advocate for all kids, especially the underdog. I truly believe all students can learn. We just need to find the right way to teach them and take some time to do it.”

It seems that is just what all of the staff at Park View is doing…acknowledging emphatically that their school has “got”learning.